Enews: Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021

Sunday, April 4, 2021 – Easter Sunday!

Sunrise Worship at the Church’s Patio 6:30am

Online & In-Person Worship @ 10:00am

                                                                                   There is nothing wrong with us for grieving—it is what we are supposed to do. The resurrection, in all three accounts, doesn’t immediately bring joy, relief, and wonder. It begins with grief, then invokes fear—but the kind of terror that comes when things are not what we expect. That moment before we recognize that it’s a surprise party and the lights have been turned on. Something incredible, amazing, and unexpected has happened. Before we can comprehend it, we are afraid. We are perplexed. Then we remember, and then we rejoice.

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Isaiah 25:6-9

God will create a feast for all people, will swallow up death, and will wipe away all tears. All people will celebrate that God


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Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24

A psalm of celebration and thanksgiving for God’s salvation, affirming that the psalmist will not die, but will live, and rejoicing that the rejected stone has become the main foundation stone.

has saved them.



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1 Corinthians 15:1-11

The message that was preached by all of the apostles, and in which the believers believed was that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again, as witness by hundred of disciples.



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Mark 16:1-8

The two Mary’s and Salome go to the tomb to anoint Jesus’ body, but they find the stone rolled away and a young man in a white robe tells them that Jesus is risen, and instructs them to go and tell the disciples. The women leave the tomb afraid.



Prayer of Brokenness

God of Life, we are in awe of what You are doing in all of creation and in us. Break open our hearts of stone to perceive Your goodness and mercy. Break open our minds when we have closed ourselves off to the needs of this world. Break open our whole lives, to live into Your created intention for us: to love You and to love our neighbor as ourselves. Break us open, O God, as dawn breaks across the land. In the name of the risen Christ, who broke open the tomb, we pray. Amen.


Link to Facebook Live
Order of Worship for Sunday, April 4

Help us staying connected through our prayer….

Please email Jennifer (jennifer@firstumclombard.org) with any of your Prayer Requests, including joys & concerns.

And once you see our list, please shower them with cards, that’s one way we show our love and care for one another. Nothing brightens your spirit like a card of “thinking of you”.

Thank you!


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Monday, April 5th – 7:00pm on ZOOM

Staff Meeting

Tuesday, April 6th

Church Leadership Team- 6:30pm on ZOOM

Registration for Sunday, April 11th – In-person Worship Opens.

Wednesday, April 7th

Study- “Savior” 6:45pm (meeting opens @630pm

Thursday, April 8th

 Ministries of Music Rehearsal & Video Recording

Friday, April 9th

In-Person Registration Closes at NOON

Sunday, April 11th – Second Sunday of Easter

Christian Formation Hour on ZOOM – 8:30am

Children’s Hour on ZOOM at 9:15am

Fellowship Hour- 11:15am on ZOOM

We will have flowers available (10) at the chancel area for our Easter Celebration for $15.00—first come for serve, please contact Jennifer at Jennifer@firstumclombard.org.

Thank you!

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There is still time to register for In-Person Worship this coming Sunday!

Registration closes at noon tomorrow!!

And watch for another ENews showing some lifting of restrictions.

ORDER OF SERVICE:  Order of Worship for Sunday, April 4

First United Methodist Church, Lombard, Illinois

April 4th, 2021   Easter Sunday

 Virtual Worship – 10 O’clock in the morning


Prelude / Instrumental                               Daniel Hennel, MA– Accompanist


Gathering Words                                             Luis F. Reyes, Lead Pastor

As we turn away from the tomb, we encounter the risen Jesus.

As we look in wonder, Jesus calls us by name.

Life, not death, is the deepest truth—God’s word for all creation.


Centering Song                            “This is Amazing Grace”                      

                                                            CCLI License # 11191064          


Unison Call to Worship                           Alex Teater, MMEd – Director of Technical Production      

The women wondered who would roll the stone from the tomb,

But the stone was rolled away. Christ is Risen!

The women went to see their friend’s body,

But the body was not there. Christ is Risen!

The angel told them “You are looking for Jesus who was crucified.”

“He is not here!” Christ is Risen!

Go, and tell the good news to the disciples!

Go, and tell the Good News to the World! Christ is Risen!

Christ is Risen Indeed!


Children’s Moment                 Luis F. Reyes, Lead Pastor


Hymn of Praise                   “Christ the Lord is Risen Today”                                  UMH#302 – CCLI License # 11191064          


Gathering Prayer                                                                                  Brianna Harris, MMEd

Director of Music Ministries          

God be with you.

And also with you

Let us pray…

God of grace and power, we come rejoicing in Christ’s empty tomb. We come rusting in the good news that tells us Christ is with us. Help us in our pain,

despair and fear so that we are not prone to follow the path of hopelessness. Help us, to instead, be like the Risen Christ, and rise up, as a brave and holy people,

living beyond our pain, despair and fear by remaining hopeful in your steadfast love.

For the Risen Christ is living proof that You care about our lives, O God. The Risen Christ offers to us glimpses of hope, even in our tears. As the tomb is not quiet.

It speaks. It proclaims! It is a promise of eternal life!

Thank you, gracious and almighty God. Amen.


Scripture Reading                            Mark 16:1-8 (CEB)        Virginia Rainey, Deacon – Minister of Congregational Care

When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they could go and anoint Jesus’ dead body. 2 Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they came to the tomb. 3 They were saying to each other, “Who’s going to roll the stone away from the entrance for us?” 4 When they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away. (And it was a very large stone!)

5 Going into the tomb, they saw a young man in a white robe seated on the right side; and they were startled. 6 But he said to them, “Don’t be alarmed! You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised. He isn’t here. Look, here’s the place where they laid him. 7 Go, tell his disciples, especially Peter, that he is going ahead of you into Galilee. You will see him there, just as he told you.” 8 Overcome with terror and dread, they fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.


Ministry of Music                          “On the Third Day”  

Composed by Allen Pote

Hope Publishing Company           

CCLI License # 11191064                                        


Witness to the Word                     Luis F. Reyes, Lead Pastor


Prayers of the People                   Luis F. Reyes, Lead Pastor

The Prayer of our Savior


Offering                                               Luis F. Reyes, Lead Pastor

Call to Offering.

      The Blessings of the Gifts

God of love,

We offer our gifts of time, spiritual gifts, and financial gifts

as a sign of our love for you and the world.

We ask a special blessing on these gifts

where you meet us in our suffering, and raise us up,

so that all may come to know of your abiding love.

O God, we give these gifts as you have given them unto us.

In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.


Service of Holy Communion                   Luis F. Reyes, Lead Pastor & Virginia Rainey, Deacon

Invitation to the Table

Communion Hymn                      “Come to the Table”                     W&S#3160

Great Prayer of Thanksgiving

…as we proclaim the glory of your name:

Holy is Jesus, God Incarnate, the Risen Christ,

whose mercy gathers us together in community,

whose grace meets us in our brokenness,

and whose loving faithfulness gives us renewed hope.

…in sharing this meal, we live out the mystery of our faith:

We remember Christ’s life of love, and friendship, and teaching,

We remember Christ’s dying, and rising to life again.

Sharing the Bread & the Cup

Giving Thanks

O Christ, we thank you for this feast of life. Fed by your love, and strengthened by your life; we humbly accept your call to go into this world to live with hope,

and to share your joy.

You commission us to feed as we have been fed, forgive as we have been forgiven,

and love as we have been loved. Thanks be to God. Amen.


Hymn of Celebration              “Up From the Grave He Arose”                              UMH#322


Sending Forth                                                                                    Luis F. Reyes, Lead Pastor

May God’s abiding love and hope give us new life.

May God’s unmerited grace and mercy keep us hope-filled.

And may God’s restorative justice bring to us all, perfect peace.

For Christ is risen! Praise God!

Hallelujah! Amen!


Postlude                                              “Hallelujah Chorus”

CCLC Streaming License # CPL056



 Monday, April 5th – 7:00pm on ZOOM

Staff Meeting

Tuesday, April 6th 

Church Leadership Team- 6:30pm on ZOOM

Registration for Sunday, April 11th – In-person Worship Opens.

Wednesday, April 7th     

Study- “Savior” 6:45pm (meeting opens @630pm)

Thursday, April 8th

Ministries of Music Rehearsal & Video Recording       

Friday, April 9th 

In-Person Registration Closes at NOON

Sunday, April 11th – Second Sunday of Easter 

Christian Formation Hour on ZOOM – 8:30am

Children’s Hour on ZOOM at 9:15am

Fellowship Hour- 11:15am on ZOOM


In our Prayers Today:

All of our members, especially:

Karlyn Harris, Bunny Corrough, Shirley Rardin,

Grace Stetson, Rachael Smith-Kozlowki,

Bill Battcher, Jan Elsner, Angie Aguirre

Those with health and family issues:

Michael, brother of Christine Marousek

Peggy, Mother of Christine Marousek

Pasdo Family, neighbors of Tom and Pat Price

Family of Jan Herron, friend of Jennifer’s passed

Prayers will be listed for one month unless otherwise stated.




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